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This week, holiday traditions dominate the menu
Thanksgiving parade and Christmas season kick off
Published Wednesday, November 21, 2012 8:11 am
by Michaela L. Duckett

This week, get in to the holiday spirit, bowl until you drop, take a bite out of Charlotte and win some cash for your ‘stache. Here’s your guide to seven days of fun and entertainment around Charlotte.

Nov. 22
It’s Thanksgiving Day; enjoy some family fun in Center City. Rain or shine, the Belk Carolinas Carousel Parade begins at 10 a.m. The parade, which has been recognized as one of the largest in the nation, celebrates its 65th anniversary this year. The parade will air at 4 p.m. on WBTV (Channel 3).

In the mood for shopping? Sears, Target and Walmart are among a handful of stores opening as early as 8 p.m. Thursday evening. Dozens of restaurants and sports bars will be open and showing games all day, including Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, Fox & Hound, McCormick & Schmick’s and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.

Nov. 23
Head over to the Belk Theatre at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (130 N. Tryon St.) for Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas Concert. This world-renowned band is widely recognized as the biggest purveyor of holiday music in the industry and has sold more than 35 million holiday albums. For ticket information, call (704) 372-1000 or visit www.BlumenthalArts.org.

Nov. 24
Eat, drink and walk during the Tour De Food Uptown at 7th St. Public Market. To reserve tickets for this gourmet food tour, visit www.tourdefood.net.

Later on, check out “Twilight” at the Duke Energy Theater (345 N. College St.) This work, presented by On Q Productions, is based on first-hand accounts of the aftermath of the 1992 Rodney King trial and verdict. For show times and ticket information, visit www.carolinatix.org.

Nov. 25
Enjoy the Christmas Spectacular with Charlotte’s Civic Orchestra at Central Piedmont Community College’s Halton Theatre (1206 Elizabeth Ave.) at 7:30 p.m. The performance features the Charlotte City Ballet, the Holiday Singers, Eddie Mabry Dancers, Caroline Keller and a choir of 150 voices, performing selections from the Nutcracker, Sleigh Ride, the Hallelujah Chorus and many more. For tickets, tix.cpcc.edu.

Nov. 26
Rack up a few strikes at Strike City (210 E. Trade St.), where on Monday nights you can bowl unlimited games for $15 (shoe rental included). Strike City is open 11 a.m. until 2 a.m.

Nov. 27
Meet artist Beverly McIver who will be speaking at a free event at the Mint Museum Uptown (500 S. Tryon St.) McIver’s renowned canvasses commemorate her life and the lives of her mentally disabled sister Renee and late mother, Ethel. Her solo exhibition, “Reflections: Portraits of Beverly McIver” is on view now through January. For more information, visit www.MintMuseum.org.

Nov. 28
Wednesday night, Suite (210 E. Trade St.) is giving away $250 to the person with the “SUITEest” mustache (real or fake). Doors open at 10 p.m. Online: www.suitecharlotte.com .

Nov. 29
Pick up a new copy of The Post to find out what’s happening. To stay in the know, follow on Twitter: @TheCharPost and Like the Facebook Page.


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